As the Raiders 2022 class of rookies officially reports to training camp today in Henderson, Nevada, with veterans to follow later in the week, the start of the 2022 NFL season is quickly approaching. The Raiders are getting into training camp earlier than most as they will be playing in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars to kick off the 2022 preseason.
With the rookies in the building once again to prepare for the first NFL season of their careers, let’s take another look at the rookies with the most potential to make an impact for the Raiders in 2022.
G Dylan Parham
Dylan Parham is the first true draft pick of the McDaniels-Ziegler regime in Vegas, and his status as a top-100 draft pick (No. 90 overall) means that he will likely have a legitimate opportunity for playing time sooner than most. Parham is a guard out of the University of Memphis, a school that has produced a fair number of NFL talents in the last five or so years.
Here’s a look at what we said about Parham following his selection in April:
“This selection comes with good value for the Raiders. For many analysts, Parham is a top-five prospect at his position.”
“This new Raider offers the ability to cover a huge need: pass blocking. He didn’t allow a single sack in all 545 pass-protection snaps over the 2021 season. This ability is helped by his high-end agility and speed. His run blocking is great, as well. His insanely quick feet allow him to drive defenders back and help when he’s pulling.”
RB Zamir White
The Raiders selected Georgia running back Zamir White in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft (No. 122 overall) and instantly sparked intrigue among both fans and analysts.
Historically speaking, running backs selected on Day 3 rarely become superstars (although plenty have). But White’s pedigree coming out of the National Champion Georgia Bulldogs team combined with the state of the Raiders backfield has many wondering if he’s the heir-apparent in the Raiders running back room.
Former first-round pick Josh Jacobs is the clear-cut RB1 on the Raiders roster and in line to receive a big workload this season, but he is playing on the final year of his rookie deal after the Raiders declined his fifth-year option. If Jacobs misses time due to injury as most running backs do, we should be able to see what the McDaniels coaching staff thinks of their fourth-round pick and whether or not they have themselves a feature back in 2023 and beyond.
As the Raiders rookies earn their stripes at training camp this year, White’s role on the offense in 2022 could become more clear.
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